By Craig Scott

5th Apr, 2020 | 9:25am

'It wasn’t a good time' - Ex-Leeds attacker suggests regret over heading to Elland Rd

Former attacker Gary McSheffrey has suggested that he regrets his decision to join Leeds United on loan in January 2010.

Leeds signed McSheffrey, 37, on a half-season loan from Birmingham after he’d barely featured for them in the Premier League in the first half of the 2009/10 campaign.

McSheffrey was joining the Whites as someone with a lot of top-flight and Championship experience but he flopped massively at Elland Road and scoring just one goal in 11 appearances.

Injuries did not help the ex-Coventry attacker and he now admits that he probably should have avoided heading to Elland Road.

“It was the right club at the wrong time. I got sucked into the size of the club,” McSheffrey told the Birmingham Mail.

“We were in the Premier League, I started a few then was on the bench for every other Premiership game that season for Birmingham.

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“Then I went on loan to League One because Leeds were top of the table.

“Looking back you wouldn’t see that nowadays, I kind of just wanted to play and they were going all out for me.

“Despite being in League One they were contributing to the salary and wanted a loan. I think I should have just stayed at Birmingham, it wasn’t a good time for me personally to go there.

“But I did, I wanted to play and be in a position in the summer where I had options having had a good loan.”

He added: “I got sucked into Elland Road, Leeds United, huge club – it was good but I am going there and I had not played League One since a loan at Luton Town as a 19-year-old.

“It was quite hard to adapt to League One to be honest – having played Champ all my career and a season in the Prem.”

McSheffrey had spent more time playing for Birmingham’s reserve team than he had playing for the first-team in the Premier League ahead of his loan move to Leeds.

It meant that he was nowhere near up to the required level to perform for a team who was top of the league – even if it was League One.

Even though it would have meant playing in a league above, McSheffrey might have been better suited for a mid-table Championship club.

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